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Matthew 4 part 2–Jesus starts His Ministry

After the battle was completed, Jesus’ ministry began. He preached, he picked disciples and he began ministering.  Key word—ministering.  While in college, I once heard the great pastor Howard Hendricks speak regarding ministry—“I am constantly approached by students who say Dr. Hendricks I love preaching and ministry would be ideal if it wasn’t for the people! I say to them—I have the perfect place for you to pastor—The cemetery.  No one complains and no one argues, but, the problem is that they are all dead!”

Ministry is not about what is said, it is about caring for people.  Jesus cared for the men he poured his life into, he cared about the folks he came into contact with, but, he also cared for the sick, the sinners, the rejected and the lost. Throughout his time on earth, they were his focus. We see his acts as miracles, he saw them as ministry. He saw the sick and the lost through the same eyes. He loved them and had for them the only real answer—a Father’s love.  We too are to minister.  We are too see the sick, sinners and lost through the same eyes—the eyes of love.  Ministry is messy, ministry is thankless, but, ministry is the thing that makes us like the Lord—and it was his tool to show the world that God really cared! Father, help me to be ready to minister even today!

God Bless You

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.  23 Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed; and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,[g] Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him